Starting university can be a wonderful and exciting experience, but it can also bring its own unique challenges. It's natural to feel nervous or overwhelmed during the first few weeks at university, and it can be a while before you feel like you’ve found your feet. Student Minds works to transform the state of student mental health so that all in Higher Education can thrive, including you!
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. We empower students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. We train students and staff in universities across the UK to deliver student-led peer support interventions as well as research-driven campaigns and workshops. By working collaboratively across sectors, we share best practice and ensure that the student voice influences decisions about student mental health.
It is common to worry about moving to university, it is key to remember that you won't be the only one feeling this way. Read about other students’ experiences of starting university and what they wish they had known when they started. Find tips for students, written by students on the Student Minds Blog.
Before moving to university it is helpful to find out what support is available on your campus:
- Disclose any pre-existing mental health difficulties to your university so they can support
- Register for a doctor in your new city
- Find out about your university counselling services and what support they offer
- Read our Look After Your Mate guide to find out how you can support your peers
- Check out our further support page
- More tips on making friends, dealing with homesick, settling in, preparing for university and looking after yourself are available here.
Find out how you can get involved with Student Minds on your campus! There are a variety of ways to get involved as a student including: setting up or joining a group at your university, blogging, campaigning or fundraising.
“I found getting involved with Student Minds a big step in my mental health journey, I only wish I had known about their amazing resources when I was in my first year and not my last. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without the charity.” - Student Minds Volunteer